Community Action Cafe 2015

Pupils from Bishopbriggs Academy brought their award-winning approach to volunteering to co-ordinate a Community Café in Mavisbank Nursing Home. The event took place on Thursday 26th February 2015 in Mavis Bank. Residents, their relatives, friends and people from the local community were invited to attend and the pupils also took along some of their home baking.  The focus of the event was to raise awareness that people in nursing homes are still part of the wider community.  The pupils have undertaken Dementia Awareness training provided by East Dunbartonshire Dementia Network and have shown a real understanding of some of the issues older people and people with dementia face including losing touch with their community.

Pupils with their guests at Mavis Bank

Staff from Mavis Bank supported the event and one of the activities involved using examples of old money as reminiscence materials to prompt conversation between the pupils and residents. Following the event the old money was put on display at Mavis Bank as a talking point for residents and their relatives.

The pupils also had old photographs of the local areas both as printed versions and also on tablets which demonstrates the use of new technology as a good way of communicating across the generations.

The afternoon was a great success and further similar events will be held in the future.

Eilidh discusses "old" money with a new friend   Brad enjoys a chat

It is now planned that a Community Cafe will be held on the last Thursday of each month.  Pictured below are pupils and their guests at the Cafe in April 2015.

Enjoying a chat at the Cafe   Caitlin meets a new friend

If you would like further information please contact:

Mrs Davidson (Teacher/Facilitator) on mdavidson@bishopbriggs.e-dunbarton.sch.uk